Our experts work with different civil society organizations (CSOs) and initiatives. We excel in CSO management, planning and outreach. We work on monitoring the civic space and advocacy for legal and policy reforms. We focus on building competencies from the bottom up; helping CSOs and local actors (especially women) to organize, fundraise and negotiate their local and national regulatory frameworks. We support CSOs in leveraging community resources and mobilizing local communities to establish commons and advocate for the public good. We also support strategic partnerships and negotiations among donors, governments, private sector actors with civil society groups and stakeholders.

Our services in this field include: 

Research & Analysis 

Scenario Development 


Stakeholder Engagement 

Capacity Building

Monitoring & Evaluation

Related Works

Date:  14 November 2023 

At the "Structured Chaos" webinar, experts including Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj discussed not-for-profits in conflict zones, focusing on Syria. They explored the economic impact of these organizations, emphasizing the need for a shift towards sustainable development and recovery, and critiqued current aid models for their focus on short-term relief.


Date:  13 June 2023

A discussion on "Effective Early Recovery in Syria and the Role of Civil Society" was held in Brussels, organized by NAFS at ESCWA. We join key figures to discuss rebuilding Syria, alongside the Brussels VII Conference, focusing on humanitarian aid and political solutions for the Syrian conflict.


Year:  2021 - 2023

Client:  EU - European Union

This EU Roadmap, developed by Logos Civicus and LUGARIT, aims to empower Syrian local organizations. It includes mapping of civil society, assessing environments, and providing recommendations for capacity building and sustainability. The project involved extensive stakeholder consultations and strategic planning for effective EU support.


Date:  May 2023

Publisher:  EU - European Union

A Roadmap outlines strategies for EU collaboration with Syrian CSOs, focusing on their historical evolution, community legitimacy, legal challenges, and donor relations. It emphasizes the need for inclusive, sustainable approaches, and highlights four priority areas: representation, democracy, public wellbeing, and self-constitution.


Date:  April 2023

Publisher:  Baytna

A research report examines the divisions within Syrian civil society organizations, identifying three main types: territorial, socio-political, and organizational. It highlights the challenges in bridging these divides due to limited cross-territorial dialogue and varying relationships across different control areas. The research suggests paths for cohesion despite complex barriers and varying levels of communication among CSOs.


Date:  16 February 2023

We join a policy meeting in Brussels, titled "Enhancing EU Stabilisation Practice." Organized by EPLO, the event focused on improving EU stabilization efforts in conflict areas, emphasizing transparency, inclusive civil society engagement, and adaptable, human-centered strategies, with key recommendations from global experts.


Date: 20 March 2017 

An article discusses the evolving role of Syrian civil society in Geneva peace talks, highlighting their transition from government-controlled entities to active participants in humanitarian aid and human rights advocacy. It addresses the challenges they face, including internal divisions and representation issues, underscoring their growing significance in the peace process.


Date:  March 2017

Publisher:  Citizens For Syria 

A research study analyzes Syrian CSOs, focusing on their structure, roles, and challenges in the Syrian socio-political context. It assesses their operational dynamics, financial aspects, and impact on society, highlighting the complexities and constraints these organizations face in a turbulent environment.


Date:  23 January 2017

The Helsinki seminar, "How To Support Bottom-Up Community Resilience In Syria," convened experts, including Pre-LUGARIT's Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj and Zedoun Al-Zoubi, focusing on local-led approaches for Syrian community resilience, aligning with the upcoming UN 3RP launch. It emphasized civil society's pivotal role in Syria's stability and resilience planning.


Date: 16 June 2016 

A lecture at the University of Stuttgart examines Aleppo's historical, political, and socio-economic transformations, emphasizing the city's shifting role due to colonial interventions and internal dynamics, and advocating for localized, context-sensitive approaches in post-conflict reconstruction, highlighting the importance of civil society and informal networks.


Date:  October 2015

Publisher:  NOREF

An article examines the challenges faced by Syrian medical NGOs during the crisis, highlighting issues like organizational weaknesses, dependency on donors, logistical and security challenges, and maintaining neutrality amidst severe violence and deteriorating public health services. It underscores the need for skill enhancement and strategic planning.


Date: 25 September 2014

In the Syrian civil war, media oversimplifies the conflict, neglecting the role of civil society in peace-building. Syrians from various backgrounds are countering hate and division through local initiatives, education, and relief efforts. These grassroots movements, despite risks and disconnection from formal peace processes, challenge the prevailing narratives of violence.


Date: December 2011

A paper discusses the crucial role of civil society and decentralization in Syria's local development. It emphasizes the need for administrative reforms, local community involvement, and the empowerment of local administrations and civil organizations to ensure the effective distribution of economic growth benefits throughout Syrian society.